Elizabeth (Liz) Ngonzi: CEO, Afrika Tikkun USA | Twitter: @LizNgonzi
Africa Tikkun USA is an independent 501(c)3 organization.
25 Broadway, 9th Floor · New York, NY 10004 | www.afrikatikkun.org
Liz Ngonzi is the CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, the North America representative
of Afrika Tikkun-- a cutting-edge South African organization that for the last
twenty-one years has successfully delivered innovative social development
services to underserved communities for which Nelson Mandela served as
Chief Patron. Ms. Ngonzi leads its work in North America, in the
organization’s mission to develop a next-generation non-profit; building
strategic partnerships and collaborations across individuals, corporations,
non-profits, academia and global organizations. Most recently, she led
Afrika Tikkun’s September 2015 role as a marketing partner to the U.S.
Commerce Department’s Trade Winds Africa mission to South Africa, which
included 150+ investors, small businesses and multi-national corporations.
Prior to Afrika Tikkun, Ms. Ngonzi had a consultancy through which she and her team assisted major
nonprofit organizations, corporations, the media and funders worldwide, to meet their mutually
beneficial strategic objectives by identifying their shared relationships and by facilitating ways in which
they could creatively and efficiently pursue and meet their common goals.
Ms. Ngonzi has over 10 years of teaching and training experience. For the last six years, she has been
on the adjunct faculty at New York University Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising--
developing courses for NGO leaders and grant makers seeking to leverage technology to more
effectively engage with their various stakeholders. As a 2011-2013 Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Cornell
University, she advised aspiring entrepreneurs on how to develop compelling value propositions for
funders. Additionally, she has developed a Fundraising webinar for Vital Voices Global Partnership’s
300+ women VVLEAD fellows worldwide and a self-guided online course on Digital Storytelling, for The
A global public speaker, she is frequently requested to address audiences about entrepreneurship,
leadership, philanthropy, and technological innovations advancing international development. Her
appearances have included chairing the August 2015 African Women’s Leadership Summit in South
Africa; speaking in the October 2014 International Fundraising Congress in The Netherlands and May
2014 WIE Lagos Symposium in Nigeria; keynoting the 2013 Southern Africa Fundraising Awards;
delivering a 2013 TEDx Talk at Cornell University; and serving on the 2012 SXSW Africa, Tech & Women
panel that she co-organized in Austin, TX. Most recently, she was appointed to the U.S. Speaker
Program at the U.S. Department of State. Additionally, she has served as a case evaluator for the 2015
Yale University School of Management Africa Business Practicum, a juror of the 2014 REBRAND 100(R)
Global Awards, and a judge for the Apps4Africa 2012 Business Challenge.
From 2012 to 2014, Ms. Ngonzi served as Communications Chair of the invitation-only, President's
Council of Cornell Women; she recently joined the executive board of Cornell MOSAIC; is a member
of the Advisory Board to Syracuse University School of Information Studies; was an inaugural member of
the Alumni Affairs Board of the United Nations International School and advisory board of Africans in
the Diaspora (AiD).
Ms. Ngonzi has been quoted and/or featured in media outlets, including: Black Enterprise Magazine;
CCTV America; CNBC; Crain's New York Business; Forbes Woman; the Chicago Tribune; the Cornell
Chronicle; MarketWatch; the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC); The New York Times; The
Washington Post; and Voice of America's Africa 54 program, among others. In January 2015, she was
listed as one of the “25 Smartest Women on Twitter 2015” by BRANDfog.
Ms. Ngonzi spent the first half of her career in technology marketing, B2B sales and management
consulting with Digital Equipment Corporation, MICROS Systems, Inc. and Arthur Andersen,
respectively. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Syracuse
University; an MMH degree in Services Marketing from Cornell University; and graduated from the
United Nations International School, which she attended from kindergarten to 12th grade.